A thought provoking perspective. We never know each night as we go to sleep, any moment spent with a loved one, or any other part of our day that we make take for granted may very well be our last. The thousands who lost their lives on that horrible day were just at work, traveling home from business or leisure trips, running errands, and/or conducting personal business when life came to a halt for them. We dishonor their memories when we allow ourselves to lose sight of the gift that is life, allow ourselves to become too busy to appreciate our loved ones, allow our desire for material possessions to cloud or completely dissuade us from feeling gratitude for what we already have, and any other aspect of “modern” life that takes our focus away from living it to its fullest. Take a moment every day, look around you, remain aware that your time in this life is precious, and like so many who so suddenly lost their lives 13 years ago today, that time could end without warning. I cry every year on this day for the multitude of loss this day represents. I remember the shock of watching these events unfold on live television at work and being sent home early because the company was afraid banks may be a target and they considered the lives of their employees far more valuable than the profits lost by completely shutting down operations. I remain reverent for what this attack brought to our nation and how it brought us together in our grief and anger, uniting us in ways I have never seen in my lifetime. These are the things I associate with this day and anytime my health problems push me to the point of losing hope, to the point I want my pain to end bad enough to consider ending my time here, these lessons help me remember that hope is one part of the human condition that no one but ourselves can take away from us. If you can, be happy. When opportunity knocks, answer the damn door. If your health changes or begins to fail you, keep fighting and whenever possible, accept the changes that brings to your life and do everything you can to adapt (which is very hard and often takes years, as I continually learn from my own experience). Whatever you do, do not stop fighting, do not stop getting through each day you are given. Know that you are loved, even if you feel completely alone in this world, someone out there loves you and holds you in his or her heart. Be kind to one another, you have no way of knowing the path someone else is on and the pain that person may suffer as a result. Open your heart and mind to new possibilities, cultures, and experiences, the lessons learned from such exposure can enrich your life in ways you cannot even begin to imagine. If you do nothing else today, at least take a moment to reflect on what this day means to you, how it changed your life, and how you can use that knowledge to guide your path moving forward. Thank you, if you made it this far in my post, for taking the time to read my little rant. My new medication is making me more emotional than usual (which is already more emotional than many) and thus, I had a lot I wished to express after reading this meme.